Game notes: Rams, Cowboys set for Border War Saturday at Moby Arena




Feb. 17, 2012

Colorado State vs. Wyoming | Game 25
Feb. 18, 2012 | 7 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

COLORADO STATE RAMS WYOMING COWBOYS
Record
15-9, 4-5 MW
Last Game
at Boise State (L, 70-69)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Overall Record
278-217 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
66-85 (Fifth Season)
Record
18-7, 4-54 MW
Last Game
vs. Air Force (L, 58-53)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Larry Shyatt
Overall Record
107-100 (Seventh Season)
Record at UW
37-16 (1st Season/2nd Stint)
CSU RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS UW STATISTICAL LEADERS
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.1)
Points/Game
Wes Eikmeier (16.7)
Rebounds/Game
Pierce Hornung (8.2)
Three-Pointers
Dorian Green (43)
Assists
Jesse Carr (61)
Blocks
Will Bell (14)
Steals
Pierce Hornung (31)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.701)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.862)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.462)
Minutes Played/Game
Francisco Cruz (31.6)
Points/Game
 Luke Martinez (12.8)
Rebounds/Game
 Leonard Washington (6.8)
Three-Pointers
 Luke Martinez (66)
Assists
 JayDee Luster (91)
Blocks
Leonard Washington (27)
Steals
 Luke Martinez (45)
Field-Goal %
Leonard Washington (.582)
Free-Throw %
Larry Nance Jr. (.897)
Three-Point %
JayDee Luster (.372)
TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
Category CSU UW
Points/Game 71.7 64.0
Points Allowed/Game 69.7 54.2
Field-Goal % .479 .454
Opponent Field-Goal % .442 .404
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .412 .332
Opponent Three-Point % .356 .307
Free-Throw % .759 .764
Rebounds/Game 31.2 29.6
Rebounding Margin +1.0 +0.1
Assists/Game 12.6 11.4
Turnovers/Game 13.3 12.0
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.5 15.2
Steals/Game 5.4 7.5
Blocks/Game 2.0 3.2
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Television: The Mtn.
Play-by-play: Ari Wolfe
Color Analyst: Marty Fletcher
     DirecTV: 616
     Comcast Digital: 411
     Dish Network: N/A
 
Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
     Streaming: CSURams.com/allaccess
     
Live Stats: Gametracker   
     CSURams.com

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Schedule/Results
Season Statistics

Opening tip
• Colorado State returns to Moby Arena for the first time since a Feb. 4 victory over Air Force, hosting rival Wyoming on Saturday evening in the second leg of the basketball “Border War.”
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Cowboys is set for 7 p.m. MT from Moby Arena and will be broadcast live on The Mtn.
• Ari Wolfe (play-by-play) and Marty Fletcher (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (411) and DirecTV (616).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and live Gametracker stats are available at CSURams.com.

Rams quick hits
• The Colorado State men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game coming off of a heartbreaking 70-69 loss at Boise State, and the Rams return to Moby Arena for the first time since defeating Air Force on Feb. 4.
• Entering Saturday’s game with Wyoming, CSU ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country. The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.479), three-point percentage (.412) and are second in free-throw percentage (.759).
• Colorado State’s 2011-12 schedule ranks as one of the strongest in program history, and CSU enters play this week with a strength of schedule rating of No. 6 nationally by the NCAA. 
• Saturday’s contest marks the third annual “Orange Out” at Moby Arena.  The Rams are 2-0 when wearing their Aggies jerseys, with wins over Wyoming (80-64) in 2010 and New Mexico (68-62) in 2011. • Over the last three seasons, Colorado State has been impressive against its front-range rivals - Colorado, Northern Colorado, Denver, Wyoming and Air Force - posting a 15-4 mark dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, including a 4-1 mark this season. 
• The Rams’ next victory will give CSU a third-consecutive season of 16 or more wins, the first time the program has won at least 16 games in back-to-back-to-back season since a six-year stretch from 1994-95 to 1999-2000. 
• A 16th victory will guarantee the Rams’ a second-consecutive winning campaign for the first time under fifth-year Head Coach Tim Miles
• Saturday’s game vs. Wyoming is expected to draw a sellout crowd of 8,745 to Moby Arena.  If the game sells out, it would mark CSU’s third in the past two seasons, after the Rams recorded capacity crowds last year for games vs. BYU and UNLV. 

About Wyoming
• Wyoming enters Saturday’s contest with a 18-7 (4-5 MW) and sit in a tie with CSU for fifth in the league standings following Wednesday’s home loss to Air Force.
• The Cowboys are just 5-4 away from the Arena-Auditorium this season, including a 2-2 road mark in conference action. 
• The Cowboys have won lost three of their last four entering Saturday’s matchup, but their victory over that stretch was a 68-66 home win over then-No. 11/13-ranked UNLV. 
• Head coach Larry Shyatt is in the first season of his second stint at Wyoming where he is 37-16.  Overall, Shyatt has posted a career mark of 107-100 in seven seasons as a head coach at UW and Clemson. 
• The Cowboys offense is led by junior guard Luke Martinez who ranks eighth in the MW scoring 12.8 points per contest. 
• Junior forward Leonard Washington ranks as the team’s top rebounder, pulling down 6.8 boards per game to rank fifth in the MW. 
• As a team, the Cowboys lead the Mountain West in scoring defense, giving up just 54.2 points per game.  That figure ranks fourth nationally behind Wisconsin, Virginia and Harvard.
• The Cowboys are seventh in the MW in scoring offense (64.0 ppg.).

Series vs. Wyoming
• Saturday’s matchup between the Rams and Cowboys marks the 215th in the series between the two programs.
• Wyoming leads the series, 129-85.
• The Border War versus Wyoming is one of the Rams’ oldest and fiercest rivalries. Dating all the way back to the 1910-11 season, the Rams have faced off against the Cowboys 214 times, more than 50 games more than any other opponent.
• Since the initial meeting, the two teams have met at least once each season, except for during the 1922-23 season.
• In 28 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West Conference in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 16-12, but CSU have won 10 of the last 18 meetings entering Saturday’s contest.
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 5-5 vs. Wyoming in five seasons at CSU.

In the first meeting...
• Wyoming’s Leonard Washington had a career game, tallying 32 points and four rebounds to lead UW to the 70-51 victory.,
Greg Smith led CSU with 18 points, and tallied six rebounds, while Pierce Hornung chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds and Jesse Carr added 12 points and four assists for the Rams.

A win over Wyoming will...
• Move the Rams to 16-9 overall and 5-5 in the Mountain West.
• Extend Colorado State’s home-court winning streak to 11 contests, and give the Rams six straight home wins over MW opponents.
• Move Colorado State’s home record to 12-1 on the season. The 12 home wins would tie for the eighth-best total in program history. 
• Move the all-time series between the schools to 129-86 in favor of Wyoming. 
• Mark three straight home wins for the Rams over the Cowboys
• Give the Rams a third-consecutive season of 16 or more wins, the first time the program has won at least 16 games in back-to-back-to-back season since a six-year stretch from 1994-95 to 1999-2000. 

Special events on tap for Wyoming
• Colorado State athletics has several special events on tap for Saturday’s home matchup against rival Wyoming. 
• CSU players from all eras will be welcomed back to Moby Arena for the annual “Ram Legends” weekend.  In addition to special reunion festivities throughout the weekend, participants will be honored at halftime of  the contest vs. the Cowboys. 
• Saturday also marks the Rams’ annual “Orange Out” game, in which the team wears the school’s original colors of pumpkin and alfalfa, and fans are encouraged to wear their orange Colorado A&M Aggies gear to cheer on the team.  CSU basketball is 2-0 in previous “Orange Out” games, with victories over New Mexico (2011) and Wyoming (2010) in the annual game.
• Joe Spina, the dancing band director that became a sensation during 2010-11 basketball home games, will return to Moby Arena for Saturday’s contest against the Cowboys.
• Saturday is also Jason’s Deli Kids Night, and young fans will be welcomed on to the court after the game to shoot free throws and receive coupons to Jason’s Deli.  
 
The Ram Report with Tim Miles
• Episode 6 of The Ram Report with Tim Miles taped Monday afternoon at Moby Arena.
• The weekly broadcast schedule includes air time on:
  - The Mtn. (Comcast Ch. 411): Tues.-Fri. at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  - CSU-TV (Comcast Ch. 11) - Tues. at 5 p.m.
  - NoCo5 (Comcast Ch. 8) - Wed. at 5:30 and 10:35 p.m.
• Full episodes are also available via CSU’s Youtube Channel.

Milestone watch: Entering Wyoming game...
Pierce Hornung: closing in on 100-career steals with 98 to his credit, five away from matching Eric Friehauf (1988-90) for 10th in program history (103).
Wes Eikmeier: on the verge of 100-career three-pointers at the DI level with 99 total treys to his credit at CSU (79) and Iowa State (20).
Jesse Carr: closing in on milestones of 200 career rebounds and assists, with 182 boards and 179 helpers to his credit to date.
Dorian Green: is 85 points shy of 1,000 for his career at Colorado State. At his current pace, and with at least six games remaining in the Rams’ schedule in 2011-12, Green could eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season, to become the 19th player in program history to accomplish the feat.
Will Bell: needs six points to reach 300, and 12 rebounds to reach 150 boards in two seasons in a Rams’ uniform since transferring to CSU from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.

Looking ahead
• Colorado State has a quick turnaround next week, welcoming conference leader New Mexico into Moby Arena for a Tuesday night tilt. 
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Lobos is set for 8 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on The Mtn.
• Ari Wolfe (play-by-play) and Marty Fletcher (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (411) and DirecTV (616).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and live Gametracker stats are available at CSURams.com.


 

 

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